FFF president stalls over new contract for Blanc

FFF president stalls over new contract for Blanc

Published Jan. 18, 2012 8:48 a.m. ET

France coach Laurent Blanc is unlikely to be offered a new contract before the European Championship, despite wanting his future to be sorted out as soon as possible.

Blanc's contract expires after Euro 2012, and he previously said he wanted to stay on as France coach but was waiting for a sign from the French Football Federation that he will be offered a new deal.

Blanc, who coached Bordeaux to the French title three seasons ago, also said he would not be afraid to take up a new challenge afterward.

But FFF president Noel Le Graet prefers to see what happens at Euro 2012, which starts on June 8, seeing as France went out of the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008 group stages without winning a match.


''I think it is more reasonable,'' Le Graet said late Tuesday on sports daily L'Equipe's television channel. ''France has to do better, it has to do more.''

France has co-host Ukraine, England and Sweden in its group.

''(France has to) go as far as possible, but it's vital to get out of the group,'' Le Graet said.

Blanc took over from Raymond Domenech after the disastrous 2010 World Cup where, as well as playing poorly, France's players shocked the nation by going on strike at a training session after striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home.